A new coffee bar is being constructed in Irvine's Diamond Jamboree next to Urban Seoul. Called Byul, it is most likely a Korean coffeehouse, which might mean sweet-potato lattes, patbingsu, as well as sandwiches served in cute-as-a-button surroundings to appeal to a specific demographic. Or it could be just a quick service coffee stop.
Whatever it turns out to be, it makes the plaza's Jamboree-adjacent island of stores completely dedicated to food. The previous tenants were a cell phone store and what I think was a watch shop.
The arrival of Byul also means that only two of the shops in this island of seven stores remain the original tenants.
Edwin Goei was born on the island of Java, grew up in La Habra, studied in Irvine, and eats everywhere. Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, he went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.